Duomo Complex Guided Tour + City Sightseeing Firenze

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Your guide will take you to one of the oldest buildings in Florence (11th century): the baptistery dedicated to Saint John, the patron saint of Florence, home to glittering mosaics that decorate the dome and the women’s Gallery. The magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture and the third largest church in the world.

The tour continues with a visit to the spectacular museo Opera del Duomo “, the great complex of the Cathedral are all carefully stored in this amazing Museum. If you wish, you can climb up to the rooftop terrace of the Museum to admire the magnificent Cathedral at close range.

Combine your guided tour at the accademia gallery with a tour on the Open Buses City Sightseeing Florence, and discover with us the city from an high point of view!

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Duration: 1 hour
Starts: Florence, Italy
Trip Category: Sightseeing Tickets & Passes >> Attraction Tickets



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Your guide will take you to one of the oldest buildings in Florence (11th century): the baptistery dedicated to Saint John, the patron saint of Florence, home to glittering mosaics that decorate the dome and the women’s Gallery. The magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture and the third largest church in the world.

The tour continues with a visit to the spectacular museo Opera del Duomo “, the great complex of the Cathedral are all carefully stored in this amazing Museum. If you wish, you can climb up to the rooftop terrace of the Museum to admire the magnificent Cathedral at close range.

Combine your guided tour at the accademia gallery with a tour on the Open Buses City Sightseeing Florence, and discover with us the city from an high point of view!

Visit: Duomo – Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Via della Canonica, 1 Piazza del Duomo, 50122, Florence Italy

Your art historian guide will first take you to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, the Patron Saint of Florence.The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence (XI century) and home to the glittering golden mosaics that decorate the dome and a spectacular Matroneo (Women’s Gallery). The outer façade is covered in Carrara and Prato marble and is enriched with the beautiful bronze doors, including a copy of the two known as the Gates of Paradise (we’ll see the originals inside the “Opera del Duomo” Museum (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) during the tour).
As we leave the Baptistery, the tour proceeds with the comment about the elegant Giotto’s Bell Tower, covered in multi-coloured marble and graced with a base decorated with a fabulous figurative cycle.
The guide will reveal then the secrets of the celebrated majestic Brunelleschi’s Dome, the largest masonry construction ever built, one of the city’s icons. Inside the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the third largest church in the world, once inside the Cathedral you can admire the beautiful frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari adorning the inside of the Dome, one of the world’s most important stained glass window cycles created by the greatest artists of the early Renaissance and magnificent works by Baccio Bandinelli, Benedetto da Maiano, Luca Della Robbia, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Del Castagno and many others.
The tour will continue with a visit to the spectacular “Opera del Duomo” Museum. The greatest treasures from the monuments of the great Cathedral Complex are all carefully housed in this incredible Museum, in an amazing scenic setting. We’ll see a life-size reconstruction of the Cathedral as it was in the times of Dante Alighieri, as well as the sculptures of Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello and Nanni di Banco. We’ll see the original doors of the Baptistery, including the gilded Gates to Paradise done by Lorenzo Ghiberti. We’ll be moved as we gaze upon the Pietà del Duomo sculpted by Michelangelo and the Penitent Magdalene by Donatello. We’ll admire the beauty of the Altar of St. John, a stupendous silver masterpiece, and the other magnificent works of art done by the greatest medieval and renaissance artists of Florence. Those who desire, may climb up to the Museum panoramic terrace to admire the grandiose Dome to a close distance.
Then you’ll be able to enjoy City Sightseeing Firenze Open Bus as you prefer.



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